'''Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra''' ( or ;
; 29 September 1547 (assumed)22 April 1616),
was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists.
His major work, ''Don Quixote
'', considered to be the first modern novel,
is a classic of Western literature
, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written.
His influence on the Spanish language
has been so great that the language is often called ''la lengua de Cervantes'' ("the language of Cervantes").
He has also been dubbed ''El príncipe de los ingenios'' ("The Prince of Wits").
In 1569, in forced exile from Castile, Cervantes moved to Rome, where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. In 1571, he decided to join the Spanish Navy, and participated in the battle of Lepanto
, a major clash between the Catholic states and the Ottomans